The hot weather led to heated comments on the Pride in the Port Facebook page as to whether school students should have to wear blazers as the temperature soared.
As the number of comments neared 200, all three secondary schools in the town told the Pioneer youngsters did not have to wear their blazers.
A number of the posts made the same point.
The issue was sparked by one concerned mum who wrote: “Just a quick rant about the UCEA, Catholic High and Whitby schools, why are these schools still insisting that all children must wear their blazers on days like today?
“My son has come home today dehydrated and has been complaining of prickly heat, would love to know the answer because I’m sure this is against their human rights and is health and safety.”
Contacted by the Pioneer, Caroline Vile, headteacher at the Catholic High, swiftly replied: “Our pupils have been allowed to take off their blazers during the hot weather.”
She had circulated an email advising: “Due to today’s predicted hot weather, would all Form Tutors tell their pupils that they do NOT have to wear their blazers.
“They may also loosen their ties. Please stress that shirts must be tucked in at all times.
“Please tell pupils to bring in their blazers throughout this week and we will make a judgement on whether they must be worn before the beginning of each day.”
At Whitby High, head Bryn Heeley explained the school has ‘clear expectations regarding the wearing of our uniform as set out to all parents and students in publications and on our website. This code applies throughout the year unless there are special circumstances whereby we inform students accordingly’.
He added: “Due to the exceptionally hot weather we are enjoying at the moment students here have been instructed that they do not have to wear their blazers either inside or outside of the school.
“This amendment to the uniform code was put in place from Monday this week and will remain in place until the temperatures drop at which time students will be informed of a return to blazers being worn.
“I hope that this clears up any misunderstanding.”
A spokesman for the University Church of England Academy (UCEA) Ellesmere Port, said: “The uniform policy at UCEA has the flexibility for students to remove their blazers during hot weather.
“Given the forecast for hot weather this week, we allowed students to remove their blazers during break, lunch and during lessons. This policy will continue during hot weather.
“However, we do expect students to wear their blazers to school instead of other outside coats or casual wear.
“We have had no formal, nor informal complaints from parents and have actually encouraged students to remove blazers were appropriate.”
Sutton ward borough councillor Nicole Meardon (Lab) posted: “Thought it might be useful if I clarified a few things.
“I’m the councillor with responsibility for education and as far as I am aware all schools allow children to drink water in classes and when the weather is hot, they are not expected to wear blazers although this is dependent on individual schools.
“I can look into specific cases if anyone wants to contact me.”